Police Kill Anteater

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Police are coming under fire for killing an anteater they captured by caging it outdoors in freezing temperatures, the intellectual strain of phoning the zoo which reported it missing apparently having proven too much for them.

Chiba police responding to a report of an “animal like a civet” captured a 2-year-old male lesser anteater (or southern tamandua, a species native to tropical South America) on the 24th of December, the animal having escaped from a Chiba prefecture zoo in November.

Making no attempt to give the creature food or water, they left it outdoors in a cage, putting a blanket over it at night. It was dead the following morning, having froze to death in weather which reached 0°C that night.

Police say that “As a rule we keep animals outside. We’d like to make sure we have appropriate procedures in place.”

The zoo, which had kept the animals indoors for winter, managed to lose two of the creatures in November, and reported them missing to police. Police declined to follow up on the report.

The police soon came under fire for their treatment of the creature:

“Isn’t this dereliction of duty?”

“It would have lived if they’d just put it indoors! Arrest them!”

“How’d they know how to keep an anteater!”

“Even if they didn’t, if they bothered to follow up on the missing anteater report they’d have saved it!”

“The people who lost it are at fault here.”

“Even if they are, it doesn’t excuse police not doing their job.”

“The ones who managed to lose it have no right to complain.”

“Well they are both at fault.”

“Leaving aside the zoo’s ability to lose it, the cops are total scum for doing nothing about a lost animal, it is not like they don’t get missing pet reports.”

“Our taxes at work again…”

“Our police can’t be expected to care for anteaters.”

“Our police are clearly in need of more anteater specialists.”

“Any moron could be expected to call a zoo.”

“Leaving a small animal out in the depths of winter. Unbelievable.”

“They kill people, and leave animals to freeze to death. What can you say.”

“It’s the end of the year, they were busy. It can’t be helped.”

“I screwed up because I was busy – try using that in the private sector.”

“They have behaved outrageously… the animal was obviously out of place and yet they did absolutely nothing for it and made no inquiries at all. This is why people have such a low opinion of the Chiba PD.”

“They found an animal this unusual, yet they made no inquiries, didn’t ask any zoos or vets, couldn’t even Google how to keep it, and just left it outside. Even a child would know to find out what it eats, whether it bites or is poisonous or whatever.”

“What do you expect, these people are basically idiots and cannot manage anything like that.”

“They probably just wanted to make an example out of it. Don’t blame them.”

“Poor thing. How cold it must have been.”


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    Avatar of Benoist
    Comment by Benoist
    23:26 28/12/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    At this level of stupidity and lack of initiative, the cops from "demolition man" look competent.

    Comment by Char
    02:47 29/12/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    They make the keystone cops in a 1930s Warner Brother's cartoon look competent.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:28 29/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Poor Anteater. Rest in peace ;(

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:10 29/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Looks like they're living up to standards of the US Police.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Oh snap! This made my day.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:23 29/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    And a cold snap ended theirs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:52 29/12/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    “The people who lost it are at fault here.”

    So what? The cops wear those blues with badges to fuck around with helpless people and act like government sanctioned Yakuza?

    The zoo filed a report with the cops. Nevermind how they lost it, because the cops are paid by taxpayer money to do their fucking job.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:50 29/12/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Agree. The anteater may escape by the mistake of Zookeeper, but the Zoo did file a report. The brainless police saw the animal and didn't even bother to call the Zoo, checking report of animal missing or at least take care it properly.

    Just let the animal freezing outside in cool night, what a heartless stupid people.

    Law is made to be bent when situation call for it. Stop blindly following the rule without using the thing inside your head called a brain.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:09 29/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    - Law being bent except when it comes to cherrypicking articles when they don't pay you protection money.
    - Japan

    Pick one.

    Also, MALE anteater. Poor guy didn't stand a chance in Japan's streets.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Apparently the tsunami didn't kill enough human garbage, it had to settle for Fukushima.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:59 29/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're all wrong! the anteater was at fault for escaping in the first place.

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    Comment by msoltyspl
    19:17 29/12/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    The saddest of this is that noone will draw any consequences from it.

    Comment by Anonymous

    This, the guys who putted the poor thing outside should be putted naked in cage and frozen to death. I would be so good dictator. Eye for an eye.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:41 29/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I bet if the zoo had been paying the traditional bribes and kickbacks to the cops, the anteater would have been just fine.

    The Japanese police are so corrupt it would be hilarious except that things like this keep happening.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:01 30/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Any government or law-related aspect of Japan sure seems to be pretty fucking awful.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Yeah that's like saying the person who forgot to turn the gas off in the house is at fault for the house burning down if fire fighters don't show up. lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:38 29/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I dont want to debate on who has the most blame here. Leave that shit for lawsuits.

    The point is that the zoo filed a report, and being police officers, they have the responsibility and obligation to follow through. If someone within the zoo administration fucked things up, yes, they should be reprimanded, but those animals needed to be saved as well.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:56 29/12/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    I'm a little taken aback that "common sense" doesn't seem to be required for employment in law enforcement. >_>

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:53 29/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Not only is it not a requirement, japanese cops are taught to IGNORE common sense.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:17 28/12/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    “As a rule we keep animals outside. We’d like to make sure we have appropriate procedures in place.”

    That's what you call being brainless

    Avatar of Zanshin
    Comment by Zanshin
    23:00 28/12/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    It's anteater's fault for not confessing to the crime sooner.

    Avatar of คภєк๏
    Comment by คภєк๏
    01:43 29/12/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    If they had been interrogated, they would have had katsudon.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:48 29/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The anteater probably had the misfortune to had been sight by a schoolgirl.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:11 29/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    If a schoolgirl had found the anteater before the police, it could have been saved.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:50 28/12/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Wouldn't it be funny if the Japanese police were the first to find an alien visiting earth and because it looked different and they couldn't understand it, locked it outside to freeze to death.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:21 29/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    If it's not a little girl alien then it deserves death in Japan.Those people wont tolerate anything less.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:52 29/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Intergalactic war!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:30 29/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    No space aliens please!

    Those filthy Koreans are bad enough.

    Avatar of Primus de Pedos
    Comment by Primus de Pedos
    23:33 28/12/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Those anteaters must be males.
    If they are females, they won't be treated like crap since Japanese Police treats females as a more important gender.

    Avatar of Ore wa seitei Souther!! Nanto rokusei no teiho![Takemaru]
    00:44 29/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    No, those must have been a male and a female. The female reported the male for sexual assault, after he lost his job, and couldn't pay the bills anymore.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:41 29/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Had it been female that anteater will need psychological consoling growing up...

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:02 29/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, jap police treat jap police as a more important gender.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:22 29/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    If it was a teacher that anteater would have gotten off free of all charges and avoided the death penalty.

    Avatar of Powerpuff Loli
    Comment by Powerpuff Loli
    00:31 29/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The anteater stuck his tongue out to a schoolgirl.

    Comment by Anonymous

    are you mentally ill

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:58 28/12/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    You must be new here.

    Avatar of Gustav
    Comment by Gustav
    01:38 29/12/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Japanese police is to stupid for the most simple things. Maybe the zoo should have bribed them into proper action.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:16 29/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Well, the incompetence of Japanese law enforcement officials is known world wide..

    Comment by Char
    02:44 29/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The police should pay the zoo what ever the replacement cost of this animal is.
    The money comes strait out of the pay of those involved including the chief.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:44 29/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Too busy licking Yakuza boots.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:31 29/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    A lawyer I know in Japan watched this one guy, who was clipped by another guy with his car, start beating up the other guy, who stopped to help him. Apparently, the police were just sitting in their car, watching. My lawyer friend went up to them and pointed out the incident, hoping they'd at least do something about it, now that they had been noticed, but they took out a megaphone and just told the guy to stop... for about 5 minutes before the lawyer gave them enough of a dirty look to have them drive close enough to scare the one guy away. Once they were far enough away from the lawyer, though, and the guy left in his car, they disappeared from the scene... leaving the victim of the pummeling unconscious on the road. The lawyer had to call the police in order to get help for the poor guy.

    I'm not one to bash the Japanese because of what is normal in their society, but... in a society of efficient practices and schedules, you'd think they would at least have a more competent general police force, or a group of people who are motivated to go out and do stuff rather than stay holed up in the kooban, giving directions and writing reports about how crimeless their niche of the city was for the day.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:49 29/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Cage in the back with a blanket over it? Sounds like the zoo on Okinawa lol.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:39 28/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Masazumi Honda is sad.

    So do I btw after seeing how cute those beasts can be.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:21 28/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Fuck Japanese police. They need to get their heads out of their asses and help for a change. The most useles and shitty and ignorant police force in the world.

    (Btw if you couldnt tell, anteaters are my favroite animal)

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:44 29/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Nein! Nein! Nein!

    its, "They need to stop wearing their asses as hats."

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:26 30/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    LMFAO what ridiculousness,
    "OH we not allowed animals, we have procedures"

    Such bullshit , these type of guys that would kill people if they where told too. Rules and procedures are there , yeah but if in this case its freaking WINTER cold and its an anteater that aint particularly designed for cold. You bring it inside, its not like the space time continuum will explode. If you break one rule about not allowing animals in.

    What morons, like typically rigid bureaucrats that have no backbone or balls to even bend the rules slightly, like bring in an animal so it doesn't freaking FREEZE TO DEATH.

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    Comment by Daniel Park
    12:34 29/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    So like, when the giant (space) ants attack Tokyo, the "anteater special forces" will be all like: F*** You!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:59 30/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    procedures...
    this sad excuse of a country

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:57 01/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    If this had happened in the U.S. the police would have tased and/or pepper sprayed it before taking it into custody. If it resisted or seemed to be agitated it would have been shot. A much less cruel fate than freezing to death.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:38 29/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Call peta! Howley dolphin killers ant man...

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:48 29/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I SAY GOOD RIDDANCE, HE HAD IT COMING!




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